I am reading a brilliant book at the moment that was suggested to me by a friend thus:
As a proponent of the power of the internet for extending our learning and adding to our life, I was so pleased to see a post in Google Plus that I have shared, as follows:
The book looks at a lot of recent studies that show intelligence to be a combination of genetics as well as environment and that the interaction of these two influences is effected by the amount of hard work that is put into developing skills that we may be born with or seek to develop but which will lay dormant if they are not worked upon.
In other words the old saying “genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration” is not too far from the mark.
The key thing is in discovering what it is that we want to develop. As the article says we are not all born to become Cristian Ronaldo and do amazing things with a football in front of thousands of fans. But then again Cristiano may have had an innate talent that was developed by his environment that celebrated and promoted soccer as against another sport that he may have had ability to develop in if he had worked as hard as he did to develop his skills in football.
I am, as readers of this blog will know, a great admirer of the work and writings of Sir Ken Robinson and in particular of his book “The Element” where he explains how we each need to find what our passion is and what thing we want to develop in our life.
If we find our passion then the hard work to develop our skills in it does not seem like a chore, but hard work there must be if we are to truly develop our talents to the full.
Shenk is right, we all have some sort of genius within us if we are able to find the thing that is our “element” and then work hard to develop it to the best of our ability. The tragedy is that, throughout history the majority of us have never found what our passion is or had the opportunity to develop it to the full.
The world is a poorer place because of all of that waste but more importantly, can we afford to not have the talents that we have within us developed to the full if we are to survive as a species in these traumatic times with the many challenges that we face ahead?
I read a really interesting post yesterday called “Six Applications of Photography In Education” . I think that there is so much to be said about the use of photos in education.
The thing was this was a personal list by the author and many would agree with the Lange photo being there but might think that there were some more iconic photos that didn’t make the list. This led to a great comment section after the original post where there were some excellent suggestions including these two classics:
- Photographing the Great Depression, then and now – Dorothea Lange (oxfordschoolofphotography.wordpress.com)
I loved the format of G+ from the minute I experienced it. It has recently been opened to the wider world of Googlers and I am finding that I am getting followed in circles by more and more interesting people. I have taken the plunge myself and have added a number of new people to my existing circles.
What really sells this format to me are the extended posts. I am a fervent Tweeter but am often frustrated by having the character ticker count down towards the 140 mark. I know that the 140 limit is good for careful wording but would really like to be able to read more. With G+ I get this and so much more.
The links are there and so are the videos and photos but the range is so good. I have specialised in education and technology and find that I am getting cutting edge information in these areas by people who really know what they are talking about.
It is in the developments of technology that I have really benefited from G+. The search facility is wonderful (as you might expect from Google) and the suggestions of new people to add to your circles has allowed me to find people who are deeply involved with the development of new ideas or writing about the innovators. I have picked up more people to follow by looking at the linked names in posts.
Unlike Facebook I do not have to seek permission to follow.These people can choose not to follow me back but I can see their public posts. The separation of public as against limited or private postings has been a particular innovation of G+. I have tried to make most of my new blog post announcements public so that it can get to a wider audience (this post will soon be advertised in a posting on G+).
I used to look at Facebook and then Twitter first when I wanted to see what was happening “out there”. I am increasingly starting with G+ which has produced some brilliant follow up things for me in the past few weeks. Long may it continue!
I did a Google search on “Steve Jobs and Education” which followed from a link to a talk and article by, of all people, Rupert Murdoch about schools, entitled, “The Steve Jobs Model for Education Reform“.
The subtitle was…. If we can engage a child’s imagination, there’s no limit to what he or she can learn.
This was the sort of thing that I have always been going on about (among others of course), so I decided that I would do the search on Google mentioned above.
This led me to a post called “Steve Jobs on Education” . As is the way with these internet trails I followed a link to this:
This was the transcript of the whole interview by Daniel Morrow and makes for fascinating reading. It contains a lot of details from Steve about his life, his background and in particular his childhood and his education. There are some powerful references to the role that his father played in the development of his interest in electronics and the fortune that he had in having moved to Silicon Valley at the age of five and growing up in an environment that celebrated innovation and experimentation.
The focus of the interview was very much one of education and Steve makes a number of interesting points about why the education system did not then (and does not now) allow children to develop their real talents and abilities.
I found a number of his ideas about the developments that technology can bring and also their limitations to be very interesting.
I think this interview is a real neglected gem if you are looking into the motivations and personality of the man that was Steve Jobs and has some important ideas that are still needing to be looked at in 2011 some 16 years since the interview was recorded.
This is an important talk that needs to be seen more widely. Tony Kennick explains the way that the Twitter campaign against the hacking of Milly Dowler’s mobile phone by The New Of The World actually happened.
We now live in a world where this kind of thing cannot go by swept under a carpet of secrecy. It led in the end to the public humiliation of Rupert Murdoch as well as the closure of the paper.
Politicians need to be aware that there is a new power around called the public voice and it has been seen right across the world in mobilising opinion and putting vested interests under pressure.
For those who think that social media is just about who is having a coffee with whom and where…take note…. and consider the consequences of your actions.
- Milly hacking ‘known about in 2002’ (mirror.co.uk)
- Exclusive: New hacking shame (independent.co.uk)
- Milly Dowler’s family offered £2m-plus to settle News of World hacking case. (politics.ie)
- News of the World: police watchdog investigates Milly Dowler leak (guardian.co.uk)
- Nick Clegg: NI will not be absolved over Milly Dowler phone hacking (guardian.co.uk)
- Milly Dowler Phone Hackers ‘Used More Than One Voicemail’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Great TED talks: Derek Sivers – How to Start a Movement (theartofgood.wordpress.com)